Estimates of the Potential Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Sexual and Reproductive Health In Low- And Middle-Income Countries

Int Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2020 Apr 16;46:73-76. doi: 10.1363/46e9020.

Abstract

The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19 has spread rapidly since emerging in late 2019, leading the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the disease a global pandemic on March 11, 2020. Governments around the world have had to quickly adapt and respond to curb transmission of the virus and to provide care for the many who have been infected. The strain that the outbreak imposes on health systems will undoubtedly impact the sexual and reproductive health of individuals living in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs); however, sexual and reproductive health will also be affected by societal responses to the pandemic, such as local or national lockdowns that force health services to shut down if they are not deemed essential, as well as the consequences of physical distancing, travel restrictions and economic slowdowns.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus*
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Epidemics*
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology*
  • Reproduction
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Social Class

Supplementary concepts

  • COVID-19
  • severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2